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Holidays in St Davids

Holidays in St Davids, Pembrokeshire: a city that's the resting place of Wales' patron saint

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St Davids Cathedral

St Davids is a beautiful cathedral city in Pembrokeshire, Wales. This attractive city is surrounded by some of West Wales’ most dramatic countryside and has a wealth of markets, eateries and historical sites to discover. It lies on the banks of the River Alun, on the rugged St David's Peninsula, and is the UK’s smallest city in population and size. This laid-back community is surrounded by spectacular landscapes where hiking and wildlife-watching are popular. As you follow the Pembrokeshire Coast Path along towering cliffs, watch out for dolphins, seals and porpoises. Whitesands Bay is one of many stunning beaches in the area, a vast stretch of golden sand where you can sunbathe and surf.

Although St Davids is officially a city, its size and atmosphere could easily fool visitors into thinking they were in a traditional Welsh village. It’s a lovely place to explore on foot, with a nice selection of cafes, shops and historical buildings to explore. Almost all of the city’s businesses are independent, and a thriving market takes place every Thursday at Cross Square.

Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire

St Davids Cathedral has been one of the region’s most impressive buildings since the 12th century. For a fascinating insight into this purple sandstone structure’s turbulent history and magnificent architecture, book a tour. For a good coffee and a slice of homemade cake with a lovely view of the cathedral and its gardens, pop into the Refectory. During your trip to the cathedral, don’t miss the Gothic ruins of the Bishop’s Palace, which lie on the opposite side of the river and provide a dramatic setting for open-air theatre performances during the summer months.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s gallery and visitor centre, Oriel y Parc, is located in St Davids. This excellent family attraction is located at the top of the High Street. It features an impressive collection of paintings by Welsh artists and the Discovery Room, where activities and events are held.

"This attractive city is surrounded by some of Wales’ most dramatic countryside and has a wealth of markets, eateries and historical sites to discover."

St Davids is home to an excellent variety of eateries, from traditional pubs to award-winning modern restaurants. One of the city’s most popular places for a spot of lunch is Cwtch, where some of Pembrokeshire’s finest fresh ingredients are used to create delicious dishes such as Welsh ribeye steak with confit tomato, red onion marmalade and beef dripping chips, and shoulder of Welsh lamb with red wine gravy and salsa verde. Another good option is the Bishops, a friendly pub offering a selection of local ales and an extensive menu of tasty, reasonably priced dishes.

Our St Davids holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring the ruggedly beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. A short drive to the north will bring you the attractive twin towns of Fishguard and Goodwick, both of which offer spectacular coastal walks, plenty of outdoor activities and a wealth of shops and eateries.

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